For some, it was used as currency in exchange for doing chores for a less than pleasant neighbor: "OCPs were the currency of my childhood,” food marketing executive Chris McMahon shared. “My next-door neighbor wasn't very nice, but she did maintain a seemingly endless supply of these things. And they worked. Sweep the roof: two OCPs, Sweep the driveway: one OCP. Edge the driveway and front curb: two OCPs."
For others, it was what led them to stand up for themselves for the first time: "An older guy smacked one out of my hand as a joke when I was coming home from school as I was happily eating it leaving the corner store. I challenged him to a fight and he bought me another one, lol," Brooklyn-based Chef Omar Tate said.
A few recalled it as the perfect childhood breakfast: "I used to have 8 am Saturday morning swim practices and would have two of these for breakfast immediately beforehand, so every time I see them, I smell chlorine (in a nice way)," for wine magazine editor Layla Schlack.
And for many, Oatmeal Creme Pies held top value on the lunchroom trading floor: "Omg I remember trading for these fuckers in the lunchroom. Well, TRYING to, but I rarely had enough trade value in my lunch bag to win the day," Dr. Allison Carr recalled.
You, too, are likely a member of the Oatmeal Creme Pie fan club. Though I'm shocked to say that there are still those unfortunate souls who have yet to experience this masterpiece.
As we come to the end, I have a confession to make: I couldn't finish the whole thing when I last tasted an oatmeal pie because it’s so intensely sweet. No wonder the recommended serving size is one-third of a snack cake. All the more reason why the next time I revisit this old favorite, I’ll remember to share the joy with someone else so I can spread the gospel of the Oatmeal Creme Pie with the world – and introduce them to an old friend.